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Intro­duce your­self!
T:
My name is Tori. I am orig­i­nal­ly from Jamaica, cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Dal­las, TX.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
When I began my hair jour­ney in 2010, I was expe­ri­enc­ing sev­ere shed­ding and break­age. After being relaxed for almost 12 years, my goal was to restore the health of my relaxed hair. I watched sev­er­al YouTube videos then decid­ed to try ‘stretch­ing’ by wait­ing longer than eight weeks in between relax­ers. How­ev­er, dur­ing my last relax­er stretch, I began falling in love with my nat­u­ral tex­ture. I remem­bered how thick and healthy my hair was as a child and want­ed to see if it would be the same if I returned to my nat­u­ral tex­ture. I was just tired of relax­ers and felt like I need­ed a change. Around that time I was also diag­nosed with Alope­cia Areata (an autoim­mune dis­or­der that caus­es spon­ta­neous balding/bald spots), which sealed the deal for me to stop relax­ing and just go nat­u­ral! I have been 100% nat­u­ral since Jan­u­ary 2012 after tran­si­tion­ing for a year and a half.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
T:
My hair is coarse and dense. Accord­ing to the hair typ­ing sys­tem, my tex­ture would prob­a­bly be con­sid­ered 4b/4c. I have looser coils in the front and back, and tight coils in the top/middle sec­tions.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
T:
I usu­al­ly do braid­outs that I wear for 3 or 4 days, then I wear a puff for the rest of the week until my next wash day, then repeat. I mois­tur­ize and braid my hair with Shea Mois­ture Curl & Style Milk or Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Raw Hemp Seed But­ter. On warmer days, or to give my hair a break, I do pro­tec­tive styles such as braids or twists (with my own hair or with syn­thet­ic braid­ing hair).

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I wash and deep con­di­tion my hair week­ly, usu­al­ly on a Sun­day. Begin­ning with dry, dirty hair, I light­ly spray my hair with water and deep con­di­tion under a dry­er with Aussie Moist 3 Min­ute Mir­a­cle, coconut oil/sweet almond oil, as well as cas­tor oil (applied to my roots). I sham­poo my hair with Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Sham­poo dilut­ed with water, then fol­low up with a light con­di­tion with Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er. I apply my leave-in (Kinky Curly Knot Today) and styling prod­ucts to style usu­al­ly a braid­out. Through­out the week I mois­tur­ize my hair as need­ed. I also do oth­er deep treat­ments as need­ed, such as a pro­tein treat­ment with yogurt, eggs, hon­ey, and sweet almond oil. Since the weath­er is get­ting more hot and humid, I co-wash mid­week (if need­ed) using Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
Puffs (low or high) are my go-to style.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
T:
I pri­mar­i­ly do braid­outs. Indi­vid­u­al braids/plaits min­i­mize shrink­age, give me more length, and make styling a bit eas­ier.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
T:
The mid­dle or crown of my hair is the most coarse and tight­ly coiled sec­tion. It breaks eas­i­ly and requires the most atten­tion, mois­ture, and del­i­cate han­dling. My ends also require lots of atten­tion. They tend to get real­ly dry and knot around them­selves. I mois­tur­ize my ends more than oth­er sec­tions.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
T:
Deep con­di­tion­ing and reg­u­lar­ly mois­tur­iz­ing are impor­tant. My hair gets real­ly dry and with­out mois­ture styling would be impos­si­ble. Pro­tein treat­ments are also impor­tant. As with any oth­er tex­ture, a good bal­ance between pro­tein and mois­ture have helped to keep my hair strong and healthy.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
T:
Wash-n-Gos are a recipe for dis­as­ter! I jumped on the band­wag­on and quick­ly real­ized it was not for me. Also, super small mini twists are cute but they take forever to install and take down, plus detan­gling after they are tak­en down gives me a headache.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
I can be found on Insta­gram: @Bonafidestyle
I don’t always post videos reg­u­lar­ly, but I can also be found on YouTube: www.youtube.com/sexytoria (yea, I hate my YouTube name, but I’ve had my account since sopho­more year in col­lege and don’t feel like chang­ing it at this point lol). 

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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120 Comments on "Tori // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Toni

Your descrip­tion of your hair sounds very sim­i­lar to my own. I just chopped my relaxed ends off tonight after an almost 22 mon­th tran­si­tion. I hope my hair ends up as sexy and fab­u­lous as yours. By the way, your com­plex­ion is beau­ti­ful and so are you.

Tori

Thank you!! Tran­si­tion­ing for 22 months is a big deal!!! Con­grats to you on the chop!! :)

cici

I love you hair, its so thick . I have thin hair i wish it was that thick.

Jenny08

I’ve nev­er com­ment­ed on this site before, but I had to for this icon. I love her hair!! It’s so gor­geous and so thick!! I’m crush­ing hard on her hair lol

Nicole

Your hair is gor­geous!! It grew so fast since Jan. 2012!! Love it!

A

Holy crap you have the BEST twist out/braid out I have seen on this blog yet. So thick and lush!

randommusings

Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful hair!

yoco

That’s some thick, healthy envi­able hair!

Kan

GORGEOUS hair!! And I love the sim­plic­i­ty — that’s my kind of reg­i­men. I think your hair is my favorite that I have seen on this site!

j

Nice feature.…gorgeous and fab hair! It goes to show hair can thrive with a sim­ple regime.Loving the fash­ion espe­cial­ly the lea­pard print top and jack­et. :D

Nikki

WhAt did you do for your alo­cepia?

Tori

I was treat­ed by my der­ma­tol­o­gist. How­ev­er, I did also put cas­tor oil on the prob­lem areas.

D.K.

Girl, your hair is IT! Love the health and thick­ness and length and shine!

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Nubiahbella

Some peo­ple “envy looser curl pat­tern” or dif­fer­ent hair tex­ture etc… Frankly the only thing I am “envi­ous” is thick nat­u­ral hair, it’s too gor­geous and so ver­sa­tile. the girl fea­tured above has my dream hair lus­cious AND big.

Phoxxie

I agree. I love her hair because its just like mine, only longer. When I saw it my heart skipped a beat. I can see my hair like this when its longer. I have thick hair thats about 4b/c looser in the back. Small spi­rals through­out. When I do twist outs it looks like this. I am sim­ple with it also. Right now Im doing a pro­tec­tive style chal­lenge. Semi-mini twists in for almost 2 weeks, twist out for a few days then wash, deep con­di­tion and back in the twists for the sum­mer.

Colalover

I agree, I think looser curl pat­terns are just not as exotic,or may­be exotic is not the right word? Any­way I admire thick­er puffier big hair! It’s glam­orous. :-)

mimi

i don’t think that’s what the com­ment meant, there’s no cor­re­la­tion with have loose strands and thick­ness (amount of hair per square inch). i’m like that as well, peo­ple envy texture…i just envy density.…i’d like to do mini twists with my own hair and not have a mas­sive amount of scalp showing…or fit­ting one twist where oth­ers can fit 5.

msboogee

It’s not that seri­ous

Jessica

You are gor­geous!! I love your puff in pic two

Jj

I am in love with this chick and her hair! Good lawd lol

Cynthia Jackson

Beau­ti­ful hair… love the sim­plic­i­ty of your reg­i­men.

sa

Your hair is gor­geous!!

KB

She is so pret­ty and her hair is AMAZING.

Djanira

Your hair is amaz­ingggggg

Sassy24

Love your hair

treece12

So much hair! Nice and thick.

Lola

LOVELY hair!

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